Mighty Melbourne | Arthur Ted Powell

fortyfivedownstairs | 28-Apr-2018
Contemporary landscape/cityscape artist Arthur [Ted] Powell's latest exhibition, Mighty Melbourne (2018) celebrates Melbourne's vainglorious rise as a vertical city and speaks of a modern humanity subordinated to architecture and infrastructure at a moment in time when the last vestiges of Marvellous Melbourne' (as it was once coined in the nineteenth century) are vanishing beneath mighty glass towers.
Venue: fortyfivedownstairs
Address: 45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne 3000
Date: 08/05/2018-19/05/2018
Time: Tuesday to Friday 11am-5pm, Saturday 12pm-4pm
Ticket: Free
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Arthur Ted Powell, Midnight Melbourne
Mighty Melbourne
An exhibition of cityscapes by Arthur Ted Powell
fortyfivedownstairs
8 "“ 19 May 2018
Opening Tuesday 8 May 5pm "“ 7pm

Contemporary landscape/cityscape artist Arthur [Ted] Powell's latest exhibition, Mighty Melbourne (2018) celebrates Melbourne's vainglorious rise as a vertical city and speaks of a modern humanity subordinated to architecture and infrastructure at a moment in time when the last vestiges of Marvellous Melbourne' (as it was once coined in the nineteenth century) are vanishing beneath mighty glass towers.

On show are large scale abstract expressionistic paintings on canvas and graffitied porcelain vases of Melbourne's inner city precincts from the air and at street level.

Arthur [Ted] Powell is a British-born landscape/cityscape artist, printmaker, ceramic artist, and urban sketcher living in Melbourne Australia. He is one of a handful of contemporary artists to document the recent rapid rise of Melbourne as a vertical city from above and at street level in sketchbooks, as prints, on ceramics and canvas. His ongoing interest coincides with significant changes in commercial development and infrastructure in and around the CBD, Southbank, City of Port Phillip and the industrial area near the Westgate Bridge that spans the Yarra River linking the east and west of the city.

Over the past 10 years he has reimagined Australia's second largest city in different mediums and dimensions in eight solo exhibitions between 2010-2018: Melbourne and its environs at night (Rivers of Light 2010), as a topographical map (Mapping Melbourne 2011), a geographic coordinate (145 Degrees East 2012), an historic grid (GRID 2014), a state of mind (Melbourne on my Mind 2014) and from an imagined Astral Plane (2015). The exhibition Eureka! (2016) served as a visual metaphor for the immoderate ambitions of Melbourne's architects, designers and city planners to see the city grow and prosper.

From a birds-eye view and at street-level, he has captured and obsessively recorded the changing face of the city as it has grown in size, density and character in sketchbooks, as prints, on ceramics and canvas. His prolific output of over 300 works on the subject in eight years is testament to the urgency he feels to record its growth, skyscraper by skyscraper, and in real time:

Said Powell, "I'm capturing the greatest urban growth since the mid-1800s. I have to work fast because what is here today will be gone tomorrow."

The show will be opened by Ronald Jones, award-winning landscape architect and co-editor of the recently released book Urban Choreography: Melbourne 1985"” at fortyfivedownstairs gallery on Tuesday 8 May.

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